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What is a Kangaroo Rat?

Kangaroo rats, small rodents of genus Dipodomys, are native to western North America.
It looks like a small kangaroo for its hind legs are longer than its fore legs. And it uses its tail to balance itself. In fact, unlike other rats it does not run on all four legs but jumps around from bush to bush in search of food - like a kangaroo. And that's why it is called the...

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October 28: Over 1400 years ago, Chinese scholar Hiuan Tsang travelled thousands of miles from his home to reach the city of Nalanda in Bihar. His objective was to study precious Buddhist manuscripts at the University of Nalanda, which was famed in those days for its library of Buddhist manuscripts. In the process, he also recorded his observations of...

Indian Children on US Mars Project

October 6: The planet Mars, or the 'red-planet' as it's called, has fascinated people on earth for centuries. The fourth planet from the sun, Mars is the nearest planet to earth.This stunning landmass of craters, an uneven surface and dark skies has been a highly favoured destination for space travelers in science fiction, the body of literature that deals...

The Olympic Gold Rush

September 30: At the Millennium Olympics in Sydney, Barbados, the tiny island nation in the Caribbean, has overtaken the United States and China to head the medals tally - if you calculate the number of medals against the population.When sprinter Obadele Thompson won the bronze in the 100-metre race in 10.04 seconds, on September 23, Barbados topped the medal...

No Dalmatians Please

Have you seen the movie '101 Dalmatians?' Remember the cute cuddly spotted puppies scampering around and performing tricks? Well, if you loved the movie, here's some news for you - Disney is coming out with yet another puppy-filled movie and it is going to be called '102 Dalmatians' - a sequel to the original movie.Dalmatians are believed to have...

Hanoi’s Good Samaritan

November 4:The streets of cities in Vietnam teem with young boys who, despite their sad eyes, have dazzling smiles on their faces, and speak halting, broken English, that sounds charming to the ears. They sell postcards, shine shoes and hassle tourists with remarkably impressive sob-stories about needing money for sick parents, school fees and English lessons. It's a combination...

Nikola Tesla – Unsung Prophet of Electrical Age

Nikola Tesla - Unsung Prophet of Electrical Age
If you ask anyone or check up in the encyclopaedia, who invented the radio or X-rays, chances are you will never come across the name of Nikola Tesla there.Look up fluorescent bulb, neon lights, car ignition system, electron microscope, microwave oven and many others - you can search page after page but your search will turn up zilch on...

Tale of the Woolly Mammoth

Artistic recreation of baby & mother Wooly Mammoth
Almost 20,000 years ago, a group of hunting tribesmen attacked an enormous elephant like animal called the Woolly Mammoth. A fierce battle was fought as the prehistoric tribesmen armed with spears and stone catapults attacked the Mammoth.The Mammoth, almost twice the size of a modern African Elephant, charged and stomped. And as a spear pierced its heart, it gave...

The Making of a Prodigy

When Siva Kalyan was born, his spine or backbone was deformed resulting in a lifelong difficulty in walking. But that hasn't stopped the nine-year-old from becoming a prodigy. This child, who loves reading comics, writing stories and enjoys sketching cartoon strips, is learning advanced mathematics and physics from one of the most reputed universities in the United States of...

Report cards

October 21: The two news reports appeared almost at once and said a lot about the state of affairs in education in the world.One was the announcement of a whopping US$210 billion Gates Scholarship set up at England's prestigious Cambridge University by the richest man on earth, Microsoft boss Bill Gates. The scholarship fund will enable 225 youngsters from...

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